Structural Fundamentals:
Sustainable Masonry Strategies

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 | 12-1 p.m. Eastern Time

Join us as we discuss how to design with structural masonry to address energy efficiency, carbon neutrality, resiliency strategies, and more. We’ll review the Structural Engineers 2050 (SE 2050) Challenge along with the resources and tools that can help structural engineers reduce the embodied carbon of masonry. Construction methods that reduce waste and manage the supply chain can significantly impact the embodied carbon of a masonry building. We’ll discuss the resources and strategies available to you to assist with your next masonry project.


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Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the SE2050 Challenge and the resources and tools that can help structural engineers reduce the embodied carbon of masonry buildings. 
  • Explore adaptive reuse as a sustainable way to repurpose existing masonry buildings.
  • Learn how low carbon concrete masonry mixes can improve building efficiencies as we design toward net zero energy and net zero carbon.
  • Investigate how efficiently designed masonry wall systems can lower embodied carbon.

About the Speaker

mike manor, PE, mlse
Structural Engineer, FORSE Consulting


Over the course of his career, Mike has amassed a wide background across the gamut of structural engineering in the realm of building design, including big box retail, residential podium mid-rise, schools, office buildings, and many more. Having worked with all of the major building materials, he understands how masonry works as the primary material on a project and how it can interact well with other materials. Through his current work at FORSE, he educates and assists contractors, engineers, and architects on the cost-effectiveness of masonry through software modeling and project design review. Combining all of these experiences over the past 17 years, Mike enjoys presenting to audiences sharing practical design concepts to convey good engineering practice.

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